TPC Deere Run Junior Classic in Silvis, Illinois
(April 15 – 16, 2017)
On Thursday, April 13th, 2017, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Silvis, Illinois to host the TPC Deere Run Junior Classic. The weather was warm for April, but there were high winds on Saturday that put the competitors to the test. The HJGT would like to thank the staff at TPC Deere Run for allowing us to host our tournament at their immaculate course. The players and spectators were excited to visit and play the course where the John Deere Classic is held each July. All six of HJGT’s age divisions participated in this tournament. The participants were competing for AJGA stars, JGS rankings and for exemptions into the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational at Sea Island Plantation as well as the 2017 National Championship. The competitors knew they needed to make a big splash in order to take home a trophy in such a large playing field. They were up to the challenge!
Boys 16-18 Division
Lucas Scherf of Grinnell, IA is the Boys 16-18 champion. He was -2 during his final round and finished with a two-day total of 143 (74-69). There was a tie for second place between Parker Reddig of Fairbault, MN and Matthew Garside of Vadnais Heights, MN. They both had a final score of 144. Reddig shot a 72 both days and Garside shot a 73 and 71. There were many competitors in this age group this weekend and these three played well both days despite the windy conditions.
Boys 14-15 Division
Brock Barnhart of Robins, IA is the Boys 14-15 champion. Barnhart finished Sunday at even par and had a final total of 150 (79-71). Ian Johnston of Swisher, IA took home second place. Johnston posted a final total of 153 (74-79). Connor Van Weeldon of Ames, IA was awarded third place this division and had a final total of 157 (79-78). These competitors had a fun time competing on a challenging course.
Boys 11-13 Division
Landon Buckanaga is the Boys 11-13 champion. Buckanaga shot well on Saturday and kept that momentum going into Sunday. He finished with a two-day total of 159 (75-84). Brock Snyder of Ames, IA was awarded second place with an overall total of 161 (81-80). Rounding out the division in third place was Caden Cannon of O’Fallon, IL. Cannon ended Sunday with a final total of 162 (80-82). These guys fought through the high winds on Saturday and kept their cool going into Championship Sunday.
Boys U10 Division
Callan Fahey was the Boys U10 champion with an overall total of 186 (96-90). Fahey birdied hole 4 during the final round and kept that excitement throughout the rest of the round. Alexander Kaufman of Sarasota, FL was awarded second place with a final two-day total of 193 (99-94). Third place went to Matthew Lim of Naperville, IL who had an overall total of 221 (105-116). These three boys were the only competitors in their division, so they had fun getting to know each other and playing all weekend.
Girls 14-18 Division
Brooke Boardman of Waukee, IA was the Girls 14-18 champion. Boardman had a couple birdies during her final round and posted a two-day total of 159 (73-86). Emma Welch of Lakeville, MN was awarded second place in this division by finishing with an overall total of 160 (82-78). Rounding out the Girls 14-18 is Sam Paulak of Kansas City, MO who finished Sunday with a final total of 161 (80-81). These girls had a fun time competing on a course that the professionals play on, too.
Girls U13 Division
Ella Overstreet of Jackson, MO was our only competitor in the Girls U13 division this weekend. Overstreet had fun playing with the older girls both days. She was awarded first place by posting an overall total score of 188 (94-94).
Weather for April 15-16, 2017:
Round 1: Low 61, High 81. Mostly Sunny, Wind 15-35 mph
Round 2: Low 57, High 71. Mostly Sunny Skies, Wind 5-15 mph
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,602 yards
Boys 14-15: 6,602 yards
Girls 14-18: 5,611 yards
Boys 11-13: 5,611 yards
Girls U13: 5,117 yards
Boys U10: 4,985 yards
About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18, and now 10 and under, an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of six age divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys U10, Girls 14-18, and Girls U13. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. In 2016, we expanded to the west coast and cover California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon.
In 2017, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour announced a partnership with Nexus, an international hospitality and entertainment company backed by financier Joe Lewis and Tavistock Group, golfing great Tiger Woods and musician and entertainer Justin Timberlake, which will further our collective goal of growing the game of golf, broadening the Tour’s reach across the U.S. and around the world. For more information regarding the 2017 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email email@example.com